I am so grateful for this opportunity to run the 2013 Boston Marathon, and I am honored to run for the Greater Boston Chapter of National Spinal Cord Injury Association, a non-profit that has done so much for those with spinal cord injury.
For those who may not know, I have been working at Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Boston for 3 years. The majority of those years have been spent working with individuals who have experienced a traumatic event such as a car accident, skiing accident or biking accident, resulting in a spinal cord injury. A spinal cord injury is a life-changing event for the individual injured, their family, and friends.
The NSCIA has been an irreplaceable resource for those newly injured while still a patient in the hospital and well beyond as members of the community. They hold weekly support groups throughout the state to allow people to come together to share their triumphs and their struggles. The peer mentors have the ability to answer questions, offer insight and encouragement to a newly injured person in ways an able bodied person cannot.
Resources of the NSCIA also go towards adaptive equipment for those with SCI in financial need, to allow for more independence and improved quality of life. Many of my own previous patients have seen the benefits of their assistance when they were in financial hardship, unable to afford costly items such as an adapted van or equipment for computer access.
I want to give back to a non-profit that has done so much for others. Your generous donations will directly affect the lives of those with spinal cord injury. Help me run on Marathon Monday, in honor of those who cannot run themselves.